DepEd fails in ICT bid for schools

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Huge gaps were found in the implementation of Department of Education’s (DepEd) Computerization Program (DCP), including the non-delivery of 99 percent of information and communication technology (ICT) packages intended for schools throughout the country, a Commission on Audit (CoA) report said.

In its 2017 Annual Audit Report, CoA cited various problems in checking the implementation of DCP over the years starting 2015 — ranging from delayed procurement, late delivery, non-readiness of recipient schools, poor monitoring strategy and Huge gaps were found in the implementation of Department of Education’s (DepEd) Computerization Program (DCP), including the non-delivery of 99 percent of information and communication technology (ICT) packages intended for schools throughout the country, a Commission on Audit (CoA) report said.

In its 2017 Annual Audit Report, CoA cited various problems in checking the implementation of DCP over the years starting 2015 — ranging from delayed procurement, late delivery, non-readiness of recipient schools, poor monitoring strategy and delineation of property accountability.

The DepEd even tapped the services of the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to address the problems and to attain the project’s objectives, thus entailing additional cost on the part of the government.

However, despite the services of DBM and UNDP, the implementation of DCP remained a struggle.

“The Agency’s Physical Report on Operations as of 31 December 2017 disclosed that out of the 78,140 targeted school recipients of ICT Packages under the DCP for Calendar Year (CY) 2015-2017, only 436 received delivery showing an overall 99 percent deficiency vis-a-vis expected physical target,” the report said.

Conflicting figures

For 2015, the DepEd allotted P2.60 billion for ICT packages but the fund was transferred to the DBM-PS for implementation in 2016. However, no deliveries were made pertaining to the fund as of yearend 2017.

On the other hand, the DepEd transferred the implementation of Batch 34 of DCP packages for Luzon and Mindanao to the UNDP with scheduled delivery timeline of June to December 2016.

However, CoA noted that the project being handled by the UNDP is still ongoing as of 31 December 2017.

In addition, CoA observed that the number of recipient schools has a discrepancy of 6,669 between DepEd’s Physical Report of 11,070 schools and 4,401 stated in UNDP Project Document.

Meanwhile, CoA reported that the total available budget for DCP from 2016 and 2017 was utilized and obligated to six awarded contracts.

DepEd’s Physical Report of Accomplishment, however, showed no delivery yet for the P9.9-billion awarded contract even as five out of six contracts were reported perfected in 2017 and the remaining one in January 2018.

Deliveries late

“As per contract stipulation, delivery is to be made within 210 calendar days from the receipt of Notice to Proceed by the suppliers. Hence, the delivery is expected to be completed in July and August 2018,” CoA said.

CoA also ordered DepEd to investigate and trace the 13,432 discrepancy in the Physical Report for “K to 10 Batches 39-46 and 48” which showed 44,417 target recipients from stated 30, 958 total recipients per awarded contract.

At the same time, CoA urged DepEd to inquire from the DBM-PS regarding its unutilized DCP funds to proceed with the program; come up with an effective monitoring and evaluation system and review the internal procurement processes.

“DepEd should look into the foregoing deficiencies which can be detrimental to the success and effectiveness of the program,” CoA said.

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